Saturday, March 12, 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based off the true story of news reporter Kim Baker and her time spent in Afghanistan trying to report stories that would make people care about that war again.
            The movie begins with Kim (played by the fabulous and wonderful Tina Fey) working at a desk. She and several other employees who are not married and do not have children are asked to head over to report the war in Afghanistan. America does not really care about the Middle Eastern country anymore since they are all now focused on Iraq. This is something Kim has wanted to do. She feels stuck at her desk and wants to desperately do some field reporting.
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            Afghanistan is a whirlwind of craziness. Kim is teamed up with a camera man and an Afghani reporter named Fahim. She also meets Scottish freelance photographer Iain McKelpie (Martin Freeman). All the danger is of course frightening for Kim when she first arrives but after a while she begins to thrive on it and want it especially after she finds out her boyfriend cheated on her.
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            Kim winds up spending three years in Afghanistan. Some of her stories wind up making the news while others such as a school bombing do not. It is a rough three years spent in a war torn area and finally Kim realizes that it is time to finally head home.
            The cast of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was really good. Whenever Tina Fey is in a movie or a TV you immediately expect whatever it is to be funny. This was a semi-serious movie it is not a straight up comedy. Fey was fantastic in what is for her a serious role. The woman has range an actress. Of course there were some funny moments but the rest was serious. I praise Fey for branching out and doing a damn good job at it. Martin Free usually bothers me and I wound up liking him in his role as a Scottish photographer. His paring with Fey worked very well. Margot Robbie and Alfred Molina were also in the movie. Robbie character was a sort of opponent for Fey’s character. They were friends for a while which was nice to see while it lasted. Molina’s character was hysterical. I am sure the character was a dramatization of the actual person but he was hilarious. All his scenes with Fey were so funny. Billy Bob Thorton shows up as a general. He did really impact the movie in any way.
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            Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was pretty good. I am not a fan of stories that take place in the Middle East between the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. For me it is more like I am living through it I do not really want to see movies about it. Also I do not watch the news at all (yeah for being an informed adult) so the whole thing with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot because I adore Tina Fey so fucking much. I was excited to see her in a somewhat dramatic role and she was fantastic. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is worth seeing at least once. Wait for it to be available to rent or possibly on Netflix. 
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